Arizona's 2014 class is absolutely loaded with top-rated prospects for college programs, and many of the prospects in the class are receiving loads of college recruitment already. While the class is very top-heavy with division-I prospects, there are many other prospects in the class that are also beginning to make a name for themselves as well.
Tempe Prep High School's 6-foot-4 junior guard Ryan VanDusen is a prospect that many do not currently know about, but need to observe, as this young man is beginning to make his case among the better guard prospects in the state. While playing at a much smaller high school program, VanDusen has worked tirelessly on his game and has developed into a serious prospect for the future.
I was able to see VanDusen recently while playing for his high school program in a fall league game at Bourgade HS. While watching VanDusen perform in two-consecutive games on the evening, I was intrigued by his high skill level and nice feel for the game. While Ryan is still growing a great deal physically and has nice upside as a player for the future, currently he is a nice offensive talent with a good handle, a nice shooting stroke and a slick ability to score in the lane.
VanDusen's mother Pam VanDusen was very excited about her son's progress as a player when she called me about this young man, so I had to come and see what the fuss was all about. After missing a Saturday evening of college football, I left the gym excited about this young man and many of the prospects in our state that compete at the smaller school level. Ryan is a coach's dream, as he is an absolute gym rat and loves the game almost to a fault.
"He never stops playing," said Pam VanDusen. "He will play all day long and not eat if I let him."
Ryan is destined to become a serious college player, as he works extremely hard to build his basketball skills, while working with individual trainer and former Arizona State basketball player Rodger Farrington.
"No player works harder than Ryan," said Pam VanDusen.
Ryan has worked hard enough to make himself a serious college prospect, and while his team finished with a 11-13 overall record last season, this young man will look to make the team tough to beat this high school season.